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A top bakery firm is celebrating another dramatic rise in fortunes after being named as Wales’s fastest growing manufacturer.

The honour was bestowed on the Wrexham-based Village Bakery at the prestigious Fast Growth 50 Awards in Cardiff.

The new accolade comes 12 months after they were crowned Wales’s fastest growing company at the awards – this time they were fifth overall.

It was also the second year running for them to win the category for manufacturing and engineering companies.

The recognition at the Fast Growth 50 ceremony is the latest in a series of awards for the family-run company this year which has also seen them named as Bakery Manufacturer of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards.

The company employs more than 300 people and has two bakeries on Wrexham Industrial Estate and one in Minera.

Work is underway on building a new Baking Academy and Innovation Centre at their site on Wrexham Industrial Estate.

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1st prize 2013 Photography competitionYoung people in Wales are being encouraged to capture the very best of the Welsh environment in a photo competition being run by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

NRW is asking young people to capture photos of their friends enjoying their favourite parts of the natural environment – from the glorious sandy beaches to the rugged and rocky mountains.

The competition will be split into two categories – 11 years and under, and 12 – 18 year olds – with a prize of £100 high street vouchers for the winner, plus a free school or college trip to a local NRW site

It’s the fourth year in which the competition has inspired young people to explore their environment through the lens of a camera.

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This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week and the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner has teamed up with partners supported by the Welsh Government to encourage more people to report hate incidents and crimes.


He said “Reported incidences of hate crime have risen in North Wales but we still think they are under reported, particularly for certain groups. There were 397 hate crimes reported in North Wales last year. The majority of those were racially motivated. However research tells us that many other groups are also affected by hate crime. For example many disabled people are victims of hate crime and incidents on a daily basis but in 2013 only 33 disability related hate crimes were reported in North Wales.

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Thousands of foodies will be flocking to the picturesque town of Llangollen this weekend..

The town will be transformed into the food capital of the UK by the Hamper Llangollen food festival on Saturday and Sunday.

A quartet of Wales’s best known chefs will be starring at the event that’s now recognised as one of the Top 10 food festivals in the UK.

Graham Tinsley, executive chef at Carden Park in Cheshire and Conwy’s Castle Hotel, will be cooking up a Welsh feast with Mike Evans, hospitality lecturer at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos on Sea, and Dion Jones, one of Europe’s finest young chefs.

The trio of chefs will be demonstrating the recipes that will be cooked by the team at the World Cup in Luxemburg when they will go head to head with the best culinary talents from around the globe.

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Wales Comic Con Press Release 6.10Comic fans are in for an early festive treat as Wales Comic Con returns to Glyndŵr University for the second time this year on Sunday 30th November! The event, dubbed Wales Comic Con Part Two by fans, marks the first time that two shows have been held in one calendar year and offers visitors the chance to celebrate Christmas with Comic Con.

Among the many highlights of the event is a screening and cast commentary of Game of Thrones with HBO UK, an exclusive appearance of the entire Atlantis cast and the only UK appearance of Star Wars voice actor Matthew Wood this year. For fans of home-grown television, there is also an exclusive panel with the central cast of BBC3’s hit In The Flesh, plus the chance for fans to speak to creator Dominic Mitchell. As ever, entry to all panels is free for ticket holders.

Elsewhere at the event, gaming fans will find plenty to do in the gaming hall where there’ll be competitions with the chance to win prizes from some top gaming companies. Outside, the Optimus Prime vehicle will be making an appearance as part of the Transformers UK tour and visitors will even have the chance to watch a live wrestling show.

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